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"I am someone who wants very much to be popular. I don't just want you to like me, I want to be one of the most joy-inducing human beings that you've ever encountered. I want to explode on your night sky like fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve in Hong Kong."
--Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist
I very much enjoyed the experience of listening to this book, and I think if you're a Carrie Fisher fan (a fan of this author's previous works, especially the hilarious and autobiographical Wishful Drinking), you will like it a lot. But please don't buy this book or use a credit on it expecting to hear what it was like to participate in the making of the original Star Wars movies, or you'll be terribly disappointed. The "diaries" are just a selection of painfully sad love poems (maing up approximately the middle one-fifth of the book) all relating to Fisher's feelings of longing, self-doubt, guilt, and almost unendurable loneliness during her unsatisfying (to say the least!!) three-month affair with Harrison Ford during the making of the first film. Those poems are read very well by Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, who movingly conveys the anguish felt by the achingly insecure, inexperienced 19-year-old Carrie as she wonders poetically why her haughty, silent, aloof costar (a married father of two in his mid-thirties) doesn't love her. But you'll still feel cheated if you were expecting ANY (much less many) anecdotes from the movie set.
The three-fourths or four-fifths of the book before and after the poetry segment is about what it's been like for the author to lead her life in the shadow of her Princess Leia character. It's quite meandering and some of it feels like filler, but it's very much worth listening to. Some of the most interesting sections consisting of the author's impersonations of her fans who stop her on the street every day asking for autographs and pictures.
Thanks for the fun listen, Carrie! This didn't exactly live up to my expectations, but I'm glad and grateful that you chose to share your recollections. Because of you, I had a big smile on my face several days this past week on my way to work. Grade: Solid B-plus.
88 of 94 people found this review helpful
I've never read or heard anyone speak so openly and eloquently about their feelings. Her wit, strength, and heart shine in all of her books- here though especially. I wept when Billie began reading her mother's words. Her delivery was so fluid it was chilling. I'd known that scathing, self loathing voice for some time in my own head. Imagine knowing that voice could drop in for a visit at any time, or that you could hear it continually whispering somewhere nearby... Carrie's writings helped me understand not just herself, but my wife's difficulties and fears, and my own. Carrie Fisher will always be a great inspiration to me. She was, and is, a true hero.
16 of 19 people found this review helpful
funny, revealing, amazing; Carrie is a legend - great insights for Star Wars and Carrie Fisher fans
If you have ever hung out with a group of people, friends or developing friends, you tell stories. Carrie Fisher presents her Stars Wars past in this manner. She tells stories that make you feel you are getting to know her. Likeable stories, acted out by the original herself.
Not great literature but great coffee chat.